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Should I remove AOL Deskbar?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
40% remove it60% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #26,525
United States Rank #13,742
Reach 0.0062%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 22.57 days
665.89 days >
Average installed length: 349.87 days

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AOL Deskbar

What is AOL Deskbar?  (from AOL)

AOL Deskbar is a free application that displays on your Windows taskbar. AOL Deskbar allows you to easily access many AOL services, including a real-time mail count and AOL Search field. The AOL Deskbar search feature allows you to search the web for anything you desire, such as, driving directions, movie show times an...  Read more


AOL Deskbar is a program developed by AOL. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The software installer includes 3 files and is usually about 664.95 KB (680,907 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows XP as well as Windows 7 (SP1). While about 99% of users of AOL Deskbar come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: help.aol.com/help/microsites/microsite.do?cmd=displayKC&docType=kc&externalId=218487
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\aol deskbar
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\AOL Deskbar\UNWISE.EXE" /u "C:\Program Files\AOL Deskbar\INSTALL.LOG"
(Wise Installer is used for installing and uninstalling this software.)
Estimated size: 664.95 KB

Program filesFiles installed by AOL Deskbar

  • deskbar.dll (by America Online) - AOL Deskbar
  • AOLDeskbarSetup.exe (by America Online) - AOL Deskbar Installer

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • UNWISE.EXE is scheduled as a task with the class '{F71A9918-1861-4EFE-AE94-530BDDE46DD4}' (runs on registration).
  • UNWISE.EXE runs as a service named 'Browser System Enahncer' (671c50b0).
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • UNWISE.EXE is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files1\Yahoo!\MESSEN~1\UNWISE.EXE'.

How do I remove AOL Deskbar?

You can uninstall AOL Deskbar from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program AOL Deskbar, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove AOL Deskbar.

Win XP 38%
Win Vista 1%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 40%
Keep it 60%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows XP 40.16%
Windows 7 31.15%
Windows Vista 21.31%
Windows 10 7.38%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 38.98%
Windows 7 Home Premium 20.34%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 19.49%
Windows 7 Professional 7.63%
Windows 10 Home 4.24%
Windows 7 Ultimate 3.39%

Distribution by countryGeography

99.04% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 99.04%
  United Kingdom 0.96%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 44.19%
Hewlett-Packard 34.88%
Gateway 6.98%
Toshiba 4.65%
American Megatrends 2.33%
Intel 2.33%
Compaq 1.16%
ASUS 1.16%
Common models
Dell Inspiron 560 2.83%
HP HP Notebook 1.89%
Dell Computer Dimension 4... 1.89%
Dell Dell DM061 1.89%
Dell Inspiron 530 1.89%
TOSHIBA Satellite A135 1.89%

About AOL

America Online develops, grows, and invests in brands and sites.
Publisher URL: corp.aol.com

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Marvin Parkover a year ago
AOL Deskbar in Windows 8 looks horrible. I recently installed an older version of AIM and Deskbar was installed by default. The software is not compatible with Windows 8 and I don't see the point of a search bar covering such large space in my taskbar. Here's a tutorial I found that shows how to remove it from Windows 8 - http://www.fixnowsupport.com/3/post/2013/08/how-to-remove-aol-search-from-taskbar-in-windows-8.html